Hi guys, I am new here! I have been looking around the site for a while, reading old threads on CD-R media, trying to find out which is the best choice for me.
Basically, I need to make an archive of my CD music. I know the importance of having two copies, and I need to start making duplicates to store for a long time. I want these to last as long as possible, so that I can share my extensive music collection with my children. The most important feature is that they be long-lasting. Error-free media is important, too, obviously, but I am not a true audiophile, and mostly I just want to have quality copies decades from now. I don’t plan on playing them, since I will use my current copies to rip and then play off harddrive or MP3 player.
From my reading here, people seem to be big fans of Taiyo Yuden. However, I have read elsewhere that Cyanine dye is not particularly stable in the long term. I assume you guys don’t buy this, but I thought maybe there were other, non-longevity reasons. I can afford to buy a little piece of mind - is Taiyo Yuden the best bet for being playable decades from now?
From what I have read, MAM-A is kind of a thing of the past. It seems to have had a really big following for a while, but has lost a lot of popularity after their sale. I understand in particular that their DVD-R media is inferior. How about their Archival CD-R media? I need the longest lasting 80 minute CD-R around.
I have picked up as much information as I can from past threads. The ones that refer to MAM-A/Mitsui seem to generally be pretty old, so I’m not sure about the current situation. What do you guys think? Thanks very much in advance, and I’m sorry that this is a similar question to what has been asked before. But it is a little different, in that I am asking, contemporarily, what is the best bet for long-lasting media, price not a significant factor.
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